5 contenders for WTC player of the tournament award

5 contenders for WTC player of the tournament award

A lot will depend on the final as well from June 18.

Babar Azam
Babar Azam. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The World Test Championship (WTC) is all set to come to a close with the final to be played between India and New Zealand at the Rose Bowl from June 18 to 22. The final was scheduled to take place at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground, but in March, the International Cricket Council (ICC) decided to shift the venue.

Nevertheless, a cracker of a match seems to be in store between two power-packed teams. The event started back in 2019 and ever since then, there has been some jaw-dropping contest between bat and ball.

Even as some of the stars put forth stupendous shows, a few of them has flattered to deceive. A number of players will also be fighting for the Player of the Tournament award. Regarding who gets the award in the end, will depend on the final match as well.

In the articles, let’s take a look at five contenders for the player of the tournament in the WTC:

1. Marnus Labuschagne

Marnus Labuschagne
Marnus Labuschagne. (Photo by Jason McCawley – CA/Cricket Australia via Getty Images)

Marnus Labuschagne wasn’t supposed to play in the WTC to start with. However, luck favoured him after being roped in as a concussion substitute for Steve Smith in the 2019 Lord’s Test. From there on he hasn’t looked back and is currently the leading run-scorer in the championship.

In only 13 games, the right-handed batter has notched 1675 runs with five centuries and nine half-centuries. He played at an average of 72.82 with the highest score of 2015 against New Zealand in January 2020 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

It’s also pertinent to note that he has hit the most number of fours (186) in the tournament. In only 18 Tests, Labuschagne is currently placed third in the ICC’s Test rankings for batsmen. At the age of 26, the South Africa-born has a bright future in the offing.